Difference between Windows and macOS

The podcast 20,000 Hertz had a whole podcast about the Windows start up sound. I think it’s a perfect explanation about what is wrong with Windows.

The episode points out the Mac had a startup sound, but it didn’t really change that much. However, each version of Windows had its own startup sound and design philosophy behind it. Lots of meetings and cash was thrown into this.

The sound might be sonically beautiful but when you’re at work starting your computer, a five second sound extravaganza from each system every single morning isn’t what you want. Plus the continuously changing sound with each release means there is no one Windows startup sound.

Meanwhile the Mac’s startup sound is short and simple and iconic. In the movie Wall-E, it wasn’t the Windows startup sound they used. It was the Mac’s and everyone instantly recognized it.

You can see this with MacOS vs. Windows designwise too. The candy colored Aqua theme of the original OS X 10.0 was followed by the candy colored Windows XP. For the new MacOS, it made sense. This was a completely new operating system and it has to stand out against the gray and aging System 7/8/9. It had to wow. Windows XP’s version was just jarring. Modern Window was five years old by then. It didn’t need for people to notice.

Meanwhile, each and every release of MacOS toned down the original aqua theme but by bit and all parts of the system got the same theme update. At the same time, parts of Windows XP were never updated. For seven years the jarring color scheme haunted XP and yet the calculator, the control panel, and many other parts still carried over the Windows 95 look until Windows 10.

Except for the Corinthian Leather age of iOS, Apple interfaces focus on functional. The soundscape is sparse and brief, but well understood by the user. Sosume as an error sound has been around for over a decade. Mac users well understand it means an error. The interface always fairly well unified and it evolves slowly and carefully. Windows on the other hand makes massive changes as if it’s the new and improved 1957 Studebaker at an auto show.

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Wall-E, was a devoted, trusty, and hard working SE 30 with a heart of gold. Although the film did feature the startup sound, our beloved hero did not have whirring fan noise constantly in the background. And his beautiful, sexy, and devoted co-star, Eve, was a sleek and sexy iPod.

Steve Jobs, who owned Pixar at the time, would never have considered using anything Windows related.